DPS Tickets 92 Speedy Drivers In July

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety had a busy month of July when it came to citing speedy drivers.

DPS reported Tuesday that 21 motorists were cited in July for driving faster than 100 miles per hour, and another 71 were ticketed for driving faster than 90 miles per hour.

DPS officials also said enhanced speed patrols coordinated by DPS, the Minnesota State Patrol and MnDOT will continue in certain areas through September.

DPS said in its report that illegal and unsafe speeding factored in at least 86 driving deaths last year, which made up about 65 percent of accidents in rural areas.

The fastest recorded speed that was ticketed in July was 135 miles per hour by Benson Police. The Swift County Sheriff’s Office nabbed a driver at 118 miles per hour, Fridley Police made a stop at 110 miles per hour and seven other county authorities cited drivers traveling more than 100 miles per hour.

  • MARK

    Speeding doesn’t get the attention it deserves. More people are killed each year speeding than drinking-and-driving, but speeding is still not considered a serious crime. People laugh and say they have a “lead foot.” But people don’t laugh and say they can’t stay sober before driving.

    • john

      Are you the guy that was posting a few months ago on the article about driving and talking on the phone and everyone was getting killed from this behavior? Now speeding is causing more death and destructuion than drinking and driving also! It has actually been proven for decades and with statistics that driving drunk is not only the most dangerous driving behavior a person can do, but is also the largest individual category of fatalities. What do you base your opinions on, just make it up? So lets see, again like talking on the phone, speeding a behavior basically every driver does every day is more dangerous than drinking and driving. So where are the mass accidents and fatalities from speeding? People should be not only driving off the road when talking, but when speeding. Of course going 100 plus is beyond speeding, but I imagine they are out on a road where only they themselves would be killed. Be it is even rare to hear about one of these high rate drivers being killed. Eliminate drinking and driving and our roads are exponentially safer, have the government tell us we can’t talk in a car and raise revenue by enforcing an arbitrary speed limit accomplishes little.

  • idiocracy

    93? only listing the fastest? Doesn’t sound busy at all. Are city cops writing more ordinance violations than state tickets?

  • Redneck Purist

    So 3 tickets per day in the whole state is a lot? I think we’ve just identified another item to cut. Law enforcement can’t even seem to do the only thing they’re good at. Might as well not be paying for so many of them. That must be why it takes hours to respond to a theft call. They’re just too busy not writing tickets. Every level of government is morbidly obese. Time to put it on a diet. (for its own good)

  • frozenrunner

    As usual people can’t read very well. The article is only citing those going faster than 90 mph. It says nothing about tickets for going 30.0000001 mph or more on a city street on a city street. Really people, would you all even be reading at a second grade level for comprehension?

  • Don D

    “speeding a behavior basically every driver does every day” That’s not true. I for one do not speed every day. I can honestly say that I drive over the speed limit less than 5% of the time. I’m not an old prude either. I just don’t think it’s okay to intentionally break the law. I don’t understand how it became socially acceptable to break traffic laws.

    • Mike

      I only go over the speed limit 4% of the time. I don’t understand how you justify your radically impulsive and illegal behavior.

      • Don D

        When I do speed it’s not intentional.

    • TwinsRAwesome

      It’s socially acceptable to break the law, today because the rule seems to be that “the rules don’t apply to me”, period. When it affects someone personally, it’s important. Otherwise, it is “who cares”.

    • Arbitrary Limit

      Speed limits are somewhat arbitrary which is why they are not adhered to. During the gas crisis 30 years ago, speed limits were lowered. Many states again raised them multiple times since then on interstates and highways without modifications to the road themselves (one year 55 is safe, the next 65, and the next 70 on the same road). One state removed speed limits altogether on some roads. Road conditions play a large part in safety (wet, icy, night). Size of vehicle (motorcycle, car, semi, dump truck, bus) and type of vehicle also have very different handling and cornering behaviors. Driver experience and ability to multitask varies greatly between different people. My car driving 60 in a 55 on a clear, sunny day is much safer than a bus driving 54 in a 55 on a snowy, icy, night on the exact same road.

      So my point is, do you really believe there is one magical number (rounded to the nearest 5) that is ‘safe’ and ‘correct’ for everyone on the roadway and that it is unsafe to go over that number? And if it isn’t about safety, doesn’t the speed ‘limit’ seem like more of a guideline?! Worst case, enforced for revenue rather than safety.
      Don D, if you disagree, do you get scared or believe yourself to be a horribly unsafe driver 5% of the time? Do you often lose control of your vehicle or cause accidents 5% of the time? If not, how did you possibly survive going a few mph over the limit?

      • Don D

        Another pseudo intellectual in a feeble attempt to convince himself that it’s okay to break the law. There is one magical number: the one posted on the sign. Is your argument suggesting we should just use our best judgment in all matters of law? Spend a few months in Haiti for example if you want to see how that theory pans out in real life. Very little law or enforcement. Complete chaos. It’s almost funny how I get dumped on here for following the law.

        • Arbitrary Limit

          Sure, the old “when I say jump, you say ‘how high'” argument. Don’t bother to think about ”why’ or question anything. Sad that your counter-argument takes this to the extreme; that driving a few miles over equals chaos, global lawlessness, and mob rule. So my argument about one-size speed limit not fitting all means, to you, the end of society as we know it? Seriously, I don’t know you, but I think I prefer YOU drive the speed limit.

          I drive to get places. If I can do it safely, maintain control of my vehicle, maintain situational awareness of what is around me, and spend more time at my destination than in the car, then I’ve done my job. If I happen to creep over those magic numbers on a sign, so be it.

          Saying that you break the law 5% of the time and then making statements like “It’s almost funny how I get dumped on here for following the law” shows some serious hypocrisy on your part. You either speed or you don’t. You’ve admitted to speeding which as you’ve repeatedly pointed out, is breaking the law. Think critically about that.

          • Don D

            Wow you’re an idiot. I said less than 5% to account for my human imperfection. I guess you wouldn’t understand that when you can justify whatever you do. And I’m quite opposite of a jump, how hi person. I think it’s great to question authority but you don’t need to break the law to do it. I didn’t take it to the extreme, I asked you a question. I’ll guess by your response that you don’t take it to the extreme either. You’re okay with stretching the limit when it comes to traffic laws clearly. Is that it or are there other laws that you’re above average skills and intelligence give you freedom to adjust to fit your needs? Who gets to pick the spot where you might consider it to be to far? I don’t want to be mistaken for an extremest again so I’ll stick with speed limit laws here. If you think it’s okay to go maybe 5 or 10 miles over the limit under the right conditions do you also think it’s okay to go 25 or 30 over? Who’s to tell the guy that believes he can drive at twice the limit safely that he’s wrong? Certainly not you. Until he slams into the back end of your wife or daughters car and leaves her brain dead. At least then you would have someone to communicate with at your level.

  • ckgerman

    Slow cars going on the left lane on the highway , I mean under 35 mph! is as dangerous as speeding!!! If slow cars won’t move from the left lane they should get a ticket too! If you know you will go slow, move to the right lane for God’s sake!

  • JB

    Driving 100mph in a Corvette or a Porsche is like driving 60mph in a Prius! Speed doesn’t kill people! Driving beyond the limits of the automobile or beyond the drivers ability is what the real issues is. Police drive over a hundred on a daily basis especially the State Patrol in rural areas. Performance Driving Schools should be mandatory to teach people skills that could save their lives and people need to take driving more seriously! The interesting factor in all of this would be how many accidents have the ticketed drivers had? My guess is not many!

  • PJ

    Speeding…what is speeding? You’ve got the morons in the “fast and furious” neons who weave in and out. Then you’ve got the normal drivers like myself that once in a while, have to increase speed to go around the typical “Minnesota” drivers who go 50 or 55 in the left lane, causing unsafe driving conditions for all. So, you safely speed up to pass these knuckleheads on the right, only to get caught by cops hiding in the bushes from the instruction of their supervisors–who were instructed by the state to crack down on speeders to raise revenuse to our broke state.

    It is so tiring driving here because people are over-cautious and it creates unsafe driving conditions. Pull up to a 4-way stop sign and everyone sits, trying to be nice, waiting on the next guy to make a move. Seriously people…first to the stop sign goes first, tie goes to the drive to the right; tie to 3 drivers goes to the one closest to the entry-way. If you are a Minnesota driver and you are reading this, drive like this: speed limit in the middle lane, 10 over in the left lane; if someone comes up behind you in the left lane, GET OVER, even if you are driving faster than the speed limit. It’s thier perogative to speed and it’s not your job to police them or control them. Move over, or you cause an unsafe driving condition. Oh, and when someone lets you in, or lets you over, how about a courtesy wave? 10% of MN drivers wave thanks when let in. Not even in NY or the East does this happen! Minnesota nice…getting a little tired of it.

  • Swamp Rat

    Minnesotans don’t know how to drive ‘high-speed’ highways and not get a ticket. I really get a great laugh when driving ‘through’ Chicago on the Dan Ryan or Eisenhower Expressways. Drivers from MN and Iowa get eaten up alive with their inane slow left lane tactics. Even the Chicago PD will ticket you if you are going slower than the posted or traffic flows speeds. So long as you are not going 80mph, including cops, “fly like an Eagle” through Chicago’s expressways.

    There is a caveat to all this. Be extremely vigilant in the work zones. Hit a road worker or other personnel is a long prison term! Also, when you get to Indiana watch your speed in the work zones and turnpike’s speed traps. Wisconsin will enforce empedeing driving rules but have doubled speed traps along its tollways and expressways.

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